Sagas of Warrior-Poets

Overview

Lovers, poets, and dragon-slaying heroes populate the gripping Icelandic sagas included in this collection. Part of Penguin Classics' new eight-volume Icelandic Saga collection, this volume includes stories that were composed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and are set more than two hundred years earlier-a time when the old Viking ethos of honor and heroic adventure merged with new ideas of romantic infatuation. Set in the farmsteads of Viking-age Iceland, each of these sagas features poet heroes, ...

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Overview

Lovers, poets, and dragon-slaying heroes populate the gripping Icelandic sagas included in this collection. Part of Penguin Classics' new eight-volume Icelandic Saga collection, this volume includes stories that were composed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and are set more than two hundred years earlier-a time when the old Viking ethos of honor and heroic adventure merged with new ideas of romantic infatuation. Set in the farmsteads of Viking-age Iceland, each of these sagas features poet heroes, complex love triangles, and travels to foreign lands. In her informative introduction, Diana Whaley highlights these important themes and reveals how the authors used these tales to entertain, to preserve and shape traditions about the past, and to explore vital social issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447712
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/29/2002
  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 632,841
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.91 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Whaley is a reader in medieval studies at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Table of Contents

Sagas of Warrior-Poets Acknowledgments
Introduction
Further Reading
A Note on the Translations
Sagas of Warrior-Poets

Kormak's Saga (trans. Rory McTurk)
The Saga of Hallfred Troublesome-poet (trans. Diana Whaley)
The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue (trans. Katrina Attwood)
The Saga of Bjorn, Champion of the Hitardal People (trans. Alison Finlay)
Viglund's Saga (trans. Marianne Kalinke)

Notes
Plot Summaries
Reference Section:
Maps
Chronology
Rulers
Social, Political and Legal Structures
The Farm
Early Icelandic Literature
The Techniques of Skaldic Poetry
Glossary
Index of Characters

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Lover or Fighter, why choose?

    The story of warrior poets from Iceland are extremely entertaining. Lovers and fighters. Poets and wanderers. The heroes within these pages travel the nordic nations composing verses, conquering hearts and battlefields. This edition includes:
    Kormak's Saga
    The Saga of Hallfred Troublesome-poet
    The Saga of Gunlaug Serpent-tounge
    The Saga of Bjorn, Champion of the Hitardal People
    Viglund's Saga

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